Comprehensive
Children’s Dental Care

With Dr. Lori Kerber’s kid-oriented style and fun personality, she and her team get children excited about their dental care. Dr. Kerber’a goal is to help her little patients develop healthy, lifelong habits and inform parents on how to support their children’s oral development.

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Comprehensive Children’s Dental Care

With Dr. Lori Kerber’s kid-oriented style and fun personality, she and her team get children excited about their dental care. Dr. Kerber’a goal is to help her little patients develop healthy, lifelong habits and inform parents on how to support their children’s oral development.

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New Patients: (262) 287-9399 | Existing Patients: (262) 658-3488

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Safe Sedation for Kids

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Safe Sedation for Kids

We offer several sedation dentistry options depending on your child’s needs and how much treatment is needed. For example, sedation dentistry with Dr. Kerber allows her patients to relax while undergoing various dental procedures. In addition, conscious and nitrous oxide sedation enables our patients to overcome anxiety from discomfort up to phobia about visiting the dentist. Plus, sedation allows patients to group various procedures into a single visit and have little or no recollection of the procedure.

3 Types of Sedation for Children

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous oxide is a safe, effective option for children apprehensive about treatment. It quickly dissipates with normal breathing after the treatment completes.

Conscious Sedation

Conscious sedation is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, or children with special needs. It is used to calm your child and reduce anxiety, or discomfort, associated with dental treatments. Your child will be quite drowsy and may even fall asleep, but they will not become unconscious.

IV Sedation

For children whose conscious sedation treatment won’t work on, or who have extensive dental needs, we can provide in-house sedation with anesthesia or outpatient general anesthesia, which is performed in a hospital or outpatient setting only.

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Exams and Cleanings

Dental examinations help diagnose disease before it becomes hazardous to your child’s health. In addition, regular examinations can save money by alleviating problems before they become expensive or, in some cases, impossible to repair.

A professional dental cleaning will include removing plaque from teeth and removing tartar from above the gum line. Tartar below the gum line indicates gum disease and requires a different procedure to remove.

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Patient Comfort

Dr. Kerber’s office was designed for infants, children, and teens. Kids feel right at home, from the games in the waiting room to the life-sized wall art. It’s a unique atmosphere that helps children relax and enjoy their personalized experience. Children deserve to experience a gentle, caring approach to their dental care.

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Sealants and Fillings

Normal pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of back teeth can trap food that can’t be removed by brushing or washed out by water. A sealant is a tough material designed to bond with tooth enamel.

Composite fillings require minimal tooth preparation. In other words, a less healthy tooth structure is removed to restore the tooth. Also, a sealant can be placed over the remaining exposed grooves of the tooth, minimizing the risk of decay on another tooth.

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Gentle Laser Frenectomies

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Gentle Laser Frenectomies

For a newborn, lip-tie or tongue-tie, can make breastfeeding hard for the infant and painful for the mother. Because the lip, and possibly the tongue, have limited movement, preventing the infant from adequately latching on and drawing milk from the breast. Without proper treatment, a lip-tie or tongue-tie, can interfere with your child’s oral development.

Dr. Kerber and her team have extensive training and experience performing laser frenectomies. Our special laser quickly performs the quick and simple procedure in our Kenosha office. In addition, laser treatments are safer, more precise, and have a lower infection risk.

What is a Frenectomy?

Before your baby is born, you are committed to doing everything possible to help them grow up healthy, happy, and capable. But, sometimes, you need extra help to accomplish this. A restrictive frenum is an easily treated problem some parents and children face (.02 to 2% of babies). A frenum is a muscular stretch of tissue that connects and holds other tissues in place. This is also called a frenulum or commonly known as tongue-tie or lip-tie.

Occasionally, a frenum might be exceptionally short, thick, or tight or extend too far down along the tongue or the gum, resulting in lip or tongue ties. When a frenum is positioned to interfere with the normal alignment of teeth, speech, or constricts the movement of the tongue or lips, it can be corrected by a surgery called a Frenectomy.

How Do I Know?

  • Place the baby in the mother or caregiver’s lap and use the knee or lap to position: examine the baby while facing the same direction as the examiner.
  • Using an index finger, examine the latch.
  • Using the sweep method around the mouth and under the tongue, feel for any tightness or mucosa and/or tethered tissue.
  • Evaluate mother and child for any signs and symptoms resulting from the tongue or lip tie.
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Baby Root Canals

Also known as a Pulpotomy, a root canal is required when decay has reached the nerve of a baby tooth. It can be quite painful, so we recommend this treatment to preserve the tooth so that it can fall out naturally. Unlike adult root canals, this is a very short procedure that only requires part of the tooth pulp to be removed.

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Gentle Laser Dentistry

Dental lasers are a highly-effective way to target certain tissues in the body. This allows us to gently treat gum disease, eradicate bacteria, recontour gum lines after cosmetic procedures, relieve canker sores, and offer less discomfort. Due to the precision laser dentistry offers, recovery times are much shorter.

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Space Maintainers

A space maintainer may be used when your child prematurely loses a baby tooth. A space maintainer is a combination of bands and wires designed to hold the remaining teeth in position, allowing the future permanent tooth to erupt in the proper location.

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Your Child’s First Visit

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Your Child’s First Visit

The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Dental Association, and The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend establishing a “Dental Home” for your child by one year of age. Children who have a dental home, like Kerber Smiles, are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care and live a healthy life.

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Digital X-Rays

Dental x-rays, or radiographs, allow the dentist to see things about your child’s oral health that the naked eye cant. These items include cysts, cancerous and non-cancerous tumors, invisible decay between teeth, and the location of teeth that haven’t grown in.

Modern dental x-ray machines are very safe. We use only state-of-the-art, low radiation machines. In fact, the amount of radiation exposure your child’s body receives on an airplane flight from Los Angeles to New York exceeds the amount of exposure they will receive from a modern dental x-ray machine. This minimal exposure far outweighs the risk of not finding an illness until it’s too late.

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Crowns

A crown is a dental restoration that completely covers and encircles a tooth. In cases of damage, decay, or if a root canal is performed, a crown may need to be fashioned to protect the remaining tooth structure.

Stainless steel crowns are the most common pediatric dental crown. Most major insurance companies cover these crowns. However, other options, such as stainless steel with white facings, composite strip crowns, or resin crowns, may be available. Dr. Kerber can speak with you about which type of crown will be best for your child.

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No Insurance?

Join our Kerber Smiles Membership Club and save on your child’s treatment, plus get all of their preventive care for a low monthly subscription fee. Our membership club is an easy monthly payment that helps spread out the cost of treatment over the course of a year. Our programs range from infant care, all the way to teens. They include 1-2 cleanings per year, doctor exams, fluoride treatment, one emergency visit per year, and a discount on additional treatments. Join today!

Read What Kenosha is Saying

Learn why patients from all over the Kenosha, WI, area love Dr. Lori Kerber and her dedicated dental team. We genuinely care about our patients and it shows in our reviews.

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“Kerber Smiles is an absolutely fantastic place to bring your little one for dental visits. The staff and Dr. Kerber are absolutely wonderful. We had a wonderful experience and are looking forward to coming back.” –Christy G.

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“Michelle was amazing and made me feel so at ease with our first appointment! My 5 and 8 year old were so excited with “all the cool stuff” they got for being a new patient. Definitely glad we made the switch!” –Kristina C.

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“My little girl had some bad teeth due to drinking apple juice. I’ve been taking my little girl here for like 3 years and they just fixed her teeth. The staff here is so amazing and they talk to you with respect. They gave my little girl her smile back! Thank you Kerber Smiles for doing such good work on my little princess.” –Oscar E.

Contact

New Patients Call
(262) 287-9399

Existing Patients Call
(262) 658-3488

2901 35th Street
Kenosha, WI 53140
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